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Press Release - October 19, 2020

Pin-ups Reveal $2.16 Million Illustration Art Auction at Heritage

Patrick Nagel portrait of Real Housewives star Jeana Keough brings $350,000, shatters artist auction record

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Patrick Nagel Jeana 1983 artist auction record Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (October 19, 2020) — Artist and illustrator Patrick Nagel's iconic style for Jeana, 1983 sparked a bidding war Oct. 16, when it sold for $350,000, shattering the previous artist auction record during Heritage Auctions' $2.16 million Illustration Art Auction. The artwork took top lot honors and was consigned by the model pictured in the image, Jeana Keough, who became well-known for appearances in Playboy magazine and rock videos in the early 1980s. She is also a former cast member of the reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"We could hardly believe our eyes as the bids came in so fast and so strong," said Ed Jaster, Vice President of Fine Art at Heritage Auctions. "This price rocketed past the record Heritage set three years ago for a Nagel artwork at $200,000."

A sleeper lot in the sale was Great Stories from The Saturday Evening Post paperback cover, 1947 by artist Stevan Dohanos. Estimated below $10,000, it soared to $62,500.

Classic pin-up art from America's most celebrated artists in the genre attracted double-digit bids. Summer's Day by Haddon Hubbard Sundblom sold for $60,000 and Gil Elvgren's Bow Spirit, circa 1960, ended at $57,500. Artwork by the highly sought-after Elvgren continued as Let's Go, 1957 brought $51,250 and Low Down Feelings, circa 1955 sold for $47,500.

The dean of American pin-up art, Alberto Vargas, saw his watercolor and pencil titled Martini Time, 1935 sell for $47,500. His Blonde Pirouetting, 1948 sold for $21,750.

Beyond pin-up art, several paintings surpassed pre-auction estimates. Robert McGinnis' 007 James Bond: Agents, Villains, and Babes, Sunday Times interior illustration, 1999, sold for $35,000, against a $10,000 estimate. Charles Robinson's An Eve in this Eden, 1911, a beautifully-detailed interior book illustration for the publication The Sensitive Plant, sold for $35,000.

One of the most highly anticipated lots in the sale was a rare Millennium Falcon Cut Away, 1993, by artist Brian Sauriol. The famous image commissioned for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Nonpareil Communications, Inc. was based entirely on detailed blueprints of the interior and exterior of the fictional space cruiser as well as set photographs. It found a new owner for $23,750.



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Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations
214-409-1871; EricB@HA.com

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